10 Countries With The Highest Nurse Salaries In The World

(Last Updated On: January 2, 2020)

Nursing is a career within the health care sector that involves the care of individuals, families and communities. Responsibilies can range from making acute treatment decisions to providing inoculations in schools. If you ever wish to work abroad in some of the best paying countries there are a wide variety of options. Each country needs a work visa in order to be legally employed. It would be a much easier process if you would work with an international nursing travel agency. Here are some of the countries in the world with the highest paid nurses: (all salaries are listed in USD)

1. Luxembourg

Average salary – $91,000

The average salary for a registered nurse is $91,000 annually which is basically ($44.31 per hour) and the average bonus is usually at $1,500. The working week is legally limited to 40 hours with the payment of premiums for all overtime or work at unusual hours.


2. United States

Average Salary – $73,500

The average United States registered nurse earns an average annual salary of $73,500 which would break down to an average rate of $35.36 per hour, $1,400 a week and $6,100 a month. This is much higher than national average salary of $24.34 an hour. When you break down the wages by state, California ranks as the highest paying state for a Registered Nurse with an average annual salary of $102,700. Other states which pay highly include Hawaii, Washington DC and Massachusetts. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico at $34,000 annually while the lowest paying state in mainland USA is South Dakota at $57,000.

The United States has over 3 million Registered Nurses and they work in a variety of industries outside hospitals. Nurses working under the Federal Government are the highest paid with an average annual salary of $87,000. Other industries they can work in include general medical and surgical hospitals, outpatient care centers, colleges & universities, insurance carriers, educational services and psychiatric & substance abuse hospitals.


3. Switzerland

Average salary – $72,000

A registered nurse in Switzerland with many years of experience makes an average of 6,000CHF ($6,000) a month. Most usually get paid around 5,000CHF when starting out in their career. A requirement for all applicants is that they must fluently speak one of the national languages (Italian, French or German).


4. Virgin Island

Average Salary – $70,000

The average salary of a registered nurse in Virgin Island ranges from $63,000 – $80,000 a year. Virgin Islands Board of Nurse Licensure oversees all applicants.


5. Canada

Average Salary – $60,000

Some of the job titles recognized by the country include registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse, community health nurse and occupational health nurse. The average salary for a registered nurse in Canada is $60,000 a year ($30.3 an hour). New graduates are paid $44,000 a year ($23 an hour) which would be increased to $30.3 an hour over a period of a number of years. Overtime pay is typically one and a half times the hourly rate.

If you end up working in a remote region such as Nunavut, your salary will be higher than average ranging between $61,500 – $92,000 a year. You also get a northern allowance of up to $26,000, a special allowance of $14,800 and monthly retention bonuses.

6. Australia

Average salary – $56,000

A Registered Nurse In Australia earns an average of $56,000 . Ones salary is influenced by factors such as location, experience, qualification, specialization, employer, unions etc. Nurses that work and live outside the major Australian metropolitan area tend to have a higher salary than those who provide services in the more populated communities.

Once you start working as a registered nurse, your pay will grown by an average rate of 5% every year till you get 8 years of experience. At this point, your pay will flatten out. The only way to grow your income further is to get a more senior role or a much specialized position. Some of the highly paid jobs in the nursing field include certified registered nurse anaesthetist, nurse researcher, mental health nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife.


7. Norway

Average salary – $51,000

Norwegian healthcare is administered by 4 regional authorities which cover the south east, west, central and northern regions. All healthcare practitioners should have formal authorization from the Directorate for Health and Social Affairs. According to the Norwegian Nurses Association, the starting salary for an authorized nurse working in Oslo is 390,000kr ($45,629). This rises to 406,000kr ($47,500) after 5 years and finally 433,500kr ($51,000) after 10 years. A job in any Norwegian healthcare environment will require a fluency in Norwegian.


8. Ireland

Average salary – $48,000

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, the average salary of a staff nurse is a €42,000 ($48,000) after achieving a number of years of experience. Permanent nursing employment contracts can offer an average of 39 hours per week. One of the nursing supports offered to nurses include sponsorship of post graduate formal academic courses which will help in career progression


9. Denmark

Average salary- $42,000

Nurses educated outside Denmark must hold Danish authorisation to be able to use the title nurse in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.


10. Germany

Average salary – $38,600

Trainee nurses get paid between 1,040 and 1,200 euros a month while the starting salary of a fully qualified healthcare nurse is around 2,500 euros per month.

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